5 standout performers from St. Louis Cardinals first half

Miranda Remaklus
ST LOUIS, MO - JULY 10: Members of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrate their team's 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies at Busch Stadium on July 10, 2022 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Joe Puetz/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - JULY 10: Members of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrate their team's 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies at Busch Stadium on July 10, 2022 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Joe Puetz/Getty Images) /
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LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 19: Paul Goldschmidt #46 of the St. Louis Cardinals smiles in the dugout after hitting a home run in the first inning at the 92nd All-Star Game presented by Mastercard at Dodger Stadium on July 19, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Thomas/San Diego Padres/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 19: Paul Goldschmidt #46 of the St. Louis Cardinals smiles in the dugout after hitting a home run in the first inning at the 92nd All-Star Game presented by Mastercard at Dodger Stadium on July 19, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Thomas/San Diego Padres/Getty Images) /

Paul Goldschmidt

The first half of Paul Goldschmidt’s season should earn him Most Valuable Player honors.

Goldschmidt hit .330/.414/.590 with an impressive 1.004 OPS in the first half. He has 5 stolen bases, 28 doubles, 20 home runs, 64 runs scored and 70 RBI. These are just huge first half numbers. It’s wonderful to see him put up these numbers and just makes you wonder what his second half numbers will net.

Of note, Goldschmidt’s 20th home run of the season was the 300th of his amazing career.

Throughout the season, younger players have noted their respect for Goldschmidt and the way he goes about his business. Goldschmidt’s teammates look up to the quiet leader and admire his work ethic day in and day out.

Goldschmidt has been without a doubt the most valuable player on the Cardinals. This should continue through the final months of the season, including the postseason.

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